Farmer Apprentice Mentoring program (FAM)

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News Release    

For Immediate release


Maui’s agricultural future is now.

Maui, HI.: Do you have an intention or dream to make a living as a farmer? Do you already work in agriculture but want to increase your skillset and your career prospects? If you have a desire and passion to embark in this direction then HFUU has the program for you.

The Farmer Apprentice Mentoring program, or FAM, is now in its sixth year, and is the flagship educational initiative of the Hawaii Farmers Union designed to train aspiring farmers and/or further refine the skillsets of those already working in agriculture toward a successful farm enterprise.

The Hawaii Farmers Union recognizes that the COVID pandemic has focused unprecedented and much needed attention on issues of food security, production methods and community access to wholesome, locally produced food. Like other communities and organizations across the globe, the Hawaii Farmers Union and the FAM program have mobilized resources to ensure a viable and productive agricultural future for Maui.

FAM participants engage in a 7 month, 10-module learning cohort with a curriculum designed by and for farmers and educators. During each module apprentices also engage in on-farm demonstrations of selected topics. Additionally, apprentices have the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic with a paid “immersion component” on working farms. Upon completion of the program, FAM graduates receive a Certification of Professional Development from the University of Hawaii-Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education and Training.

Want to be a part of the change? Applications are being accepted now at

For more information contact 808-800-3974.


HFUU mission is to “advocate and create vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the people of Hawaii Nei, through education, legislation and cooperation.”